A national and international reputation on the impact of metals and particulate air pollution on nature and humans has been built up over all hierarchical levels of biology, namely from molecules to the ecosystem. In addition, the study on interactions between symbiotic or parasitic microorganisms with host plants exposed to environmental stress like metals and organic compounds is of high international level. Microorganisms activate defense systems in plants and/or degrade toxic compounds or (im)mobilize contaminants in soils.
Research within the CMK has been pioneering work in the field of environmental contamination in the last 20 years and resulted in a multitude of high impact publications.
To further unravel the metal tolerancemechanisms, their molecular genetic basis and the evolutionary mechanisms behind the adaptation is being studied. CMK also contributes to the optimisation of plant-based strategies by gathering fundamental knowledge on mechanisms underlying stress responses in plants.
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